England striker Harry Kane outperformed both Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo after his 50th international goal in just 71 matches.
Jonas Hoffmann scored the opening goal for Germany in the 50th minute before Kane avoided the redness of England with a late penalty. Kane became the second player in England after Wayne Rooney to score half a ton of goals and the 72nd man in football history to reach the record significantly faster than Messi and Ronaldo.
Messi reached the record after 107 matches while Ronaldo needed 114. Speaking after the match, Kane expressed his delight at having achieved half a century.
“It feels really great,” Kane said. “I had two chances early in the game. Obviously the first one was over the bar and then Neuer made a good save for the second.”
“I thought maybe it was one of those days but we just kept playing and maybe gave our best in the last half hour of the match. Physically, we were really strong and good at scoring and it was a shame that we couldn’t get the goal in the end.”
The draw leaves England rooted to the bottom of their Nations League group, with just one point gained from two matches.
Most goals scored by the England men’s national team:
1. Wayne Rooney – 53
2. Harry Kane – 50*
3 – Sir Bobby Charlton – 49
4. Gary Lineker – 48 pic.twitter.com/seqWC4mBU0
– BRGoals (BRGoals) 7 June 2022